J. Anderson Coats is here today with an author interview courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her soon to be released novel, The Wicked and the Just. Thank you for being here today! You can follow along with the tour here. Enjoy!
What was your favourite scene from THE WICKED AND THE JUST to write?
At the end, there’s a scene where Cecily realizes the consequences of her actions. It’s gripping, abrupt and devastating, and it changes her completely.
What song would you say describes the world as you see it?
“It’s the End of the World As We Know It” by Great Big Sea.
Can you give us a description of THE WICKED AND THE JUST in haiku?
Medieval North Wales.
Tax breaks and cheap land. Life’s good
If you are English.
If Murphy's Law applied to you, what outcome would you most likely see happening?
Probably the same as what happens now. If I’m in a good mood, I see the beauty all around me. If I’m blue, that’s the way the world has always been and always will be just kill me now.
If you could go back in history to any time period, which would you choose, and why?
Hmm, knowing what I know about history, I’m pretty fond of the twenty-first century. I like flush toilets and antibiotics and representative democracy. But I have to say I’d be tempted to visit the great age of sail - the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. There’s something very appealing about a world of frontiers, a world driven by discovery and novelty and the sense of potential for an ordinary (admittedly male) person with a little bit of luck and a lot of moxie.
The historian in me is scolding me for this choice, as it was also the advent of modern chattel slavery and the disastrous introduction of disease to the New World. But this era had the kind of restless energy and optimism that faded away once there was nothing left for people to discover. We traded wonder for knowledge, and although this was in no way a bad trade, something is definitely absent from a world without any more frontiers for ordinary people to explore.
Thank you for being here today, and answering my questions, J!
Cecily’s father has ruined her life. He’s moving them to occupied Wales, where the king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least Cecily will finally be the lady of the house.
Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl.
While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners, Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.